Coaches

RECRUITING

Coaches are required to submit a completed Prospective-Student Athlete Form to the compliance office upon the recruitment of the recruitment of a prospect. Recruitment is considered to have occurred if an athletic staff member or representative conducts the following.

  • Provides a prospect with an official visit
  • Initiates a telephone contact on more than one occasion for the purposes of recruiting
  • Visit a prospect or family member for recruitment purposes
  • Forward correspondence to a prospect, other than a generic letter requesting general information
  • Calling a prospect's coach and directing the coach inform the prospect about the institutions walk-on program
  • Issue a National Letter of Intent or the institution's written offer of athletically related financial aid to the prospect.

Helpful Recruting Tools

Prospective Student-Athlete Form PDF

Official Visit Application Form PDF

PLAYING AND PRACTICE SEASONS

Team Sports Sports Other Than Basketball and Rowing. A 132-day season, which may consist of two segments (each consisting of consecutive days) and which may exclude only the time between segments,required days off per Bylaw 17.1.5.4 and official vacation, holiday, and final-examination periods during which no practice or competition shall occur.

  • Basketball. The time period between the start of preseason practice and the end of the regular playing season (the last contest).
  • Rowing. A 156-day season, which may consist of two segments (each consisting of consecutive days) and which may exclude only the time between segments, required days off per Bylaw 17.1.5.4 and official vacation, holiday and final-examination periods during which no practice or competition shall occur.
Individual Sports
  • Sports Other Than Track and Field. A 144-day season, which may consist of two segments (each consisting of consecutive days) and which may exclude only the time between segments, required days off per Bylaw 17.1.6.4 and official vacation, holiday and final-examination periods during which no practice or competition shall occur.
  • Track and Field (Indoor/Outdoor). An institution that sponsors only indoor or outdoor track (but not both) or does not participate in a minimum number of contests with at least a minimum number of participants required to count both indoor and outdoor track in meeting division membership requirements is limited to a 144-day season for indoor and outdoor track combined, which may consist of two segments (each consisting of consecutive days) and which may exclude only the time between segments, required days off per Bylaw 17.1.6.4 and official vacation, holiday and final-examination periods during which no practice or competition shall occur.

DAILY AND WEEKLY HOUR LIMITATIONS

In-Season Practice Hour Limitations

  • No more than 4 hours per day of CARA
  • No more than 20 hours per week of CARA
  • One (1) off day per week
  • No CARA after a competition
  • A competition counts as 3 hours of CARA.
  • Practice hour restrictions do not apply during during vacation periods.

Out-of-Season Practice Hour Limitations

  • No more than 8 hours per week of CARA
  • Two (2) off days per week
  • Practice may only consist of conditioning, weight training and skill instruction.
  • No more than 2 hours of skill instruction with the coaches each week.
  • All practice activity must end at the beginning the week prior to finals through the end of finals.
Summer Vacation Period
  • All activities must be voluntary
  • Coaches may not observe these activities or require/suggest that student-athletes report to them or any other athletics department staff member regarding summer workouts.
  • In individual sports a student-athlete may request that a coach participate in an individual workout session with the student-athlete.
  • Strength and conditioning coaches may design and conduct workouts for student-athletes who request such assistance.

SPORTS WAGERING

NCAA Bylaw 10.3 stipulates that staff members of the athletics department of a member institution and student-athletes shall not knowingly:

Provide information to individuals involved in organized gambling activities concerning intercollegiate athletics competition;

  • Solicit a bet on any intercollegiate team;
  • Accept a bet on any team representing the institution;
  • Solicit or accept a bet on any intercollegiate competition for any item (e.g., cash, shirt, dinner) that has tangible value; or
  • Participate in any gambling activity that involves intercollegiate athletics or professional athletics, through a bookmaker, a parlay card or any other method employed by organized gambling.
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EXTRA BENEFITS An extra benefit is defined as any special arrangement by an institutional employee or representative of the institution's athletics interests to provide a student-athlete or the student-athlete's relatives or friends a benefit not expressly authorized by the NCAA legislation. Receipt of a benefit by student-athletes or their relatives or friends is not a violation of NCAA legislation if it is demonstrated that the same benefit is generally available to the institution's students or their relatives or friends or to a particular segment of the student body determined on a basis unrelated to athletics ability. Below is a list of some extra benefits:

  • A loan of money, gift or use of credit card
  • Any signing or co-signing arrangements
  • Transportation to or from work or school
  • Office or home telephone use
  • Free or reduced cost on any item
  • Complimentary tickets to events/entertainment
  • Guarantee of bond
  • Use of automobile
  • Shoes or apparel
  • Payment for work not performed
  • Rent free or reduced cost housing
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